Remember to pop those balloons!

Balloons in street

It has been awhile since my last balloon rant, so time for another one! Yesterday, I was walking in my neighborhood and came across these balloons in the street. I’m happy for whoever had the baby girl, but it’s not necessarily something I want to learn about by finding trash. In this case, the person… [read more]

Keep our oceans clean, pick up your dog’s poop

Dog poop on a ledge

Yesterday I was out walking in my neighborhood and came across the strangest thing…12 bags of dog poop lined up on someone’s balcony. Was it poop art instead of pop art? I know…even I groaned at that one, but seriously people, there is only one place where dog poop belongs and that’s in the garbage.… [read more]

California’s plastic bag ban on hold

Night sky

I must confess, I have been avoiding writing about this subject for awhile. But in an attempt to face reality, here’s the deal…California’s statewide plastic bag ban is on hold. The plastics industry spent $3.2 million gathering signatures to overturn the new law and alas, California’s Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced that the referendum… [read more]

Californians report your experience with signature gatherers

Plastic bags

In my last post about the plastics industry’s effort to overturn SB270, California’s state ban on single-use plastic bags, I forgot to mention one thing. If you happen to bump into a signature gatherer when you’re out and about, the organization Californians Against Waste would like to hear about it. They’re collecting information on people’s… [read more]

Say no to bag petitions

Plastic bag in tree

On September 30, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 270 into law, officially making California the first state to ban single-use plastic bags. And now that ban is under attack! The plastics industry has teamed up to overturn the ban through Calfornia’s referendum process. Proponents of a referendum have 90 days from the day a… [read more]

Imagine a country where everyone voted

Election Day on Nov. 4 reminded me of my last interaction with an elected official’s office. It was the middle of August and SB 270, the statewide ban on single-use plastic bags, was working its way through the California State Assembly. At that point, the bill had made it out of committee and was headed… [read more]

A trashy start to July

Flyer on the street

July started with trash on the streets. In my Los Angeles neighborhood, it’s common practice for people to leave flyers on car windshields. Alas, this advertising method leads to trash everywhere: on the street, sidewalks, driveways and grassy areas. Flyers end up on the ground in a variety of ways. Sometimes the wind catches them,… [read more]

Happy plastic bag-free New Year!

LA plastic bag ban

Yesterday was the first day of the New Year and the first day of the City of Los Angeles plastic bag ban. What a thrilling way to start 2014. Hooray, hooray! I actually thought the plastic bag ban didn’t start until July 1, 2014, but then I started seeing signs…as in real signs, not omens.… [read more]

See the movie Plastic Paradise

Plastic paradise

Join me on December 3rd at 7:30pm to see the documentary “Plastic Paradise” at the Laemmle’s Royal Theatre in West Los Angeles. As soon as I heard about this movie, I knew I had to see it. Many of us have read about the plastic plague impacting our oceans, but do we really understand the… [read more]

A gift wrapped in biodegradable plastic

Biodegradable plastic bag

My in-laws recently visited Los Angeles and they came bearing gifts! During a trip to Italy, they went on a tour of Federica, a famous Murano glass production facility and maker of awesome Murano glass animals. They picked up a beautiful glass dolphin for me, which was very exciting to receive. How is this relevant… [read more]